Divorce Iranian Style

Kim Longinotto. 1998. United Kingdom (Great Britain), Islamic Republic of Iran. vo Persian, English. 80’

Hilarious, tragic and stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circumstances of Iranian women's lives. Following Jamileh, whose husband beats her; Ziba, a 16 year old trying to divorce her 38 year old husband; and Maryam, who is desperately fighting to gain custody of her daughters, this deadpan chronicle showcases the strength, ingenuity, and guile with which they confront biased laws, a Kafakaesque administrative system, and their husbands' and families' rage in their efforts to gain divorces.